Shoe Buying Tips For Plus Size Women


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If you are a plus size woman, finding shoes that are both comfortable and attractive can sometimes be a challenge, whether you have women’s shoes size 2 or 7. As weight is a key factor in the development of foot problems, anyone carrying excess weight is prone not only to tired, aching feet, but to more serious conditions such as plantar fasciitis (sharp heel pain caused by inflammation of the ligament that runs from to heel to the ball of the foot), tendonitis, fractures and sprains, and joint damage that can lead to arthritis. Preventing these problems requires shoes that fit properly and provide cushioning and good arch support.

Every step you take puts the pressure of one and a half times your weight on your foot. And if you are involved in active sports or exercise, every time your foot hits the ground, the pressure is three to four times your body weight. Your feet, which take a beating day in and day out, are complex appendages, containing almost a quarter of all the bones in your body, along with more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Choosing the right footwear will not only help your feet sustain your weight, but absorb the shock of each step you take.

Being a plus size woman does not mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are a number of shoe manufacturers that produce fashionable shoes designed specifically for larger women or for anyone who is looking for comfortable, pain-free footwear. Nike, for example, produces a line of high-heel shoes that incorporate their famous Nike Air technology. The Air Sandal, Air Wedge and Air Boot, all feature air pads that cushion the ball of the foot.

So before you head out to shop for new shoes, here are a few tips to help you find the shoes that are right for you and your feet.

  • Do some research before you shop. Find out what shoe stores in your area carry the brands and the sizes you require. This is particularly important if you require wider widths or sizes larger than a nine. Many retail outlets only carry the most popular sizes and widths.
  • Allow plenty of time for shoe shopping so that you can visit a number of stores and try on as many shoes as necessary. Schedule your shoe buying trip for later in the day, as your feet spread after you’ve been walking around and tend to swell by mid-afternoon.
  • Your foot size and shape changes with time. Have both feet measured every time you shop for shoes, and have the measurements taken while you are standing. If one foot is larger than the other, always fit shoes to the larger foot, allowing approximately one third of an inch of room beyond your longest toe. Insoles or gel pads can be used to make the other shoe a more comfortable fit.
  • Although knowing your shoe size is a good starting point, don’t get hung up on the number. Fit is the most important consideration and sizes can vary between different brands and shoe styles.
  • High heels can flatter your legs and create a slimming effect. Look for styles that offer good support and have thicker heels. Platform shoes and wedge heels are good choices. Avoid narrow-toed shoes and spike heels.
  • If you are experiencing foot pain, consider visiting a podiatrist or an orthotics specialist. They can fit you with custom orthotics and/or recommend the best shoes to correct the problem.

My name is Nisha Sharma I work as the editor for pretty small shoes. I have been representing the business for the least 2 years now. Pretty small shoes is all about offering shoes to women who are size 2+. Come visit our website to see what we have in offer at

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  1. It’s true, even an extra 5 pounds can feel like 100 on your feet when you’re trying to wear high heels. I gained a little extra weight this winter, and now summer is here and I want to dress nice, but a night in heels feels so much more uncomfortable than it used to. Hopefully I can work it off, but until then thanks for the advice.

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